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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking Hardcover – October 27, 1992
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Now a new generation is ready to be introduced to Marcella Hazan's way with food, and in Essentials of Italian Cooking Hazan combines her two earlier works into one update and expanded volume. In addition to the delicious collection of recipes, this book serves as a basic manual for cooks of every skill level. Recipes have been revised to reduce fat content, and a whole new chapter full of fundamental information about herbs, spices, and cheeses used in Italian kitchens--as well as details on how to select specific ingredients--has been added. New chapters, new recipes--who could ask for more than Essentials of Italian Cooking?
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Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Some reviewers have compared this book to `The Joy of Cooking'. It is much more accurate to compare it to Julia Child's seminal `Mastering the Art of French Cooking' on several counts. First, like Child's book, Hazan's book is devoted exclusively to the techniques, ingredients, and recipes of a single major national cuisine. Second, unlike `The Joy of Cooking', it does not cover absolutely every kitchen technique and issue such as hygiene, nutrition, preserving, and obscure game meats. Third, the book is published and edited by the same people, Knopf and senior editor Judith Jones. This common publishing team means the two books have a very similar look. Both are illustrated by line drawings and both benefit from Knopf's traditional skill in designing the typeface and layout of books in general for easy reading. Fourth, Ms. Hazan arrived at cooking in almost exactly the same manner as Julia Child, in that they found themselves married to men who likes to eat well, and they did not know how to cook at the time.
The 64-dollar question of course is whether this book is equal in quality to Child's book.Read more ›
1. The Bolognese Pork Roasted in Milk - this recipe is insane. It is like a wonderful chemistry set experiment you can eat. Marcella says it would be one of her top 10 choices of recipes that embody the genius of Italian Cuisine.
2. The Lemon Chicken - Also amazing. Easy to do, wonderful. Great summer dish.
3. Veal Stew w/Tomatoes and Peas
4. Veal Stew w/White Wine and Sage
Also, some of the standards are given great treatment:
1. Eggplant Parm
2. Osso Bucco (this is by FAR the best version I've seen of this).
3. Fried zucchini.
This makes a great gift too because it isn't full of esoteric stuff that only foodies (no derision intended) would make.
My favorite cookbook reviews list the recipes people have made from it. It gives me ideas of dishes to try and a better idea of what the cookbook will be like. Since I have made over 30 recipes from this book I can't list them all, but here are some of our favorites: Minestrone alla Romagnola - the best, thickest vegetable soup I have ever had and unlike any minestrone I have had at a restaurant. Tomato Sauce with Porcini Mushrooms; Smothered Onion Sauce; Scallop Sauce with Olive Oil, Garlic and Hot Pepper; and Gorgonzola Sauce are all incredible on pasta. Don't forget the Pesto! Her recipe is the best. On to risotto's.... the Parmesan Cheese; Porcini Mushroom; and Sausage risotto's are great. The Baked Crespelle with Spinach, Prosciutto and Parmesan is a yummy Sunday night dinner.Read more ›
My one quibble? The desserts don't seem to measure up to the rest of the dishes. The two I've tried -- lemon almond cookies and the farm wive's pear tart -- were disappointing. The cookies tasted great, but had the texture of cardboard, while the "tart" was more like a clafouti; although I baked it far longer than the recipe called for, it remained doughy and wet. With all that ripe pear in the batter, though, it certainly tasted acceptable!
With two disappointments out of the 30-or-so fabulous recipes I've tried, this is still single finest book I've ever cooked from. (and much better than her recent huge success Marcella Cucina). Oh, the soups! Oh, the pastas! Oh, the vegetables! Oh, Marcella!
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Years ago, before the advent of Amazon, I used to have to buy books from a person or a store. After graduating from culinary university and eventually working in my first Italian... Read morePublished 5 days ago by By CJs Pirate
This is a great book for anyone who wants to cook authentic Italian dishes. It is full of information that can take you from start to finish including making homemade pastas. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mia
This is an excellent cookbook. We used this last month as our Cookbook Club selection and we were not disappointed. Everything that was made was incredibly flavorful. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Stephanie L.
My dad loved it! FULL of amazing, simple, and healthy recipes that have always WOWED us.Published 29 days ago by Brian Klimowski
Up there with the Joy of Cooking - this is the quintessential Italian cookbook - really is amazing.Published 1 month ago by JDP
I live in Italy now, and honestly, her tips make me a better cook than many of the restaurants and native Italians that I've found here. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Oy Gevalt
Sent this to my son's girlfriend who loves to cook and is new to Italian cooking. It's a perfect "essential" for anyone interested in mastering authentic, uncomplicated... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shirley Barone
Like Julia Child is to French cooking, this book is to Italian cooking. A must have for every aspiring home cook.Published 1 month ago by Catherine Aitchison